Well folks, the Chasing Summer odyssey has officially begun. Lauren’s last day of full-time work was Thursday and Jared was bid a ‘bon voyage’ by his team at Infosurv on Friday. It feels surreal that after years of dreaming and months of planning, our trip has finally begun.
Today we’re off to not-so-exotic Destin, FL, where we’ll spend a week at the beach home of a family friend. We would normally consider a week at the beach a wonderful vacation in its own right, but in the context of Chasing Summer it’s just a warm-up. We’ll be joined by close friends Rocky & Susie plus their two adorable children:
Our last week of ‘normal life’ has been an emotional one, with excitement, nervousness, anticipation, and a touch of fear. It’s both challenging and exhilarating to trade the comfort and predictability of good jobs and a nice home for the great unknown that lies ahead.
For me (Jared), it’s also been emotional to leave behind the company that I started 12 years ago in college and have invested much of my adult life into growing. At the same time, I am so proud of the team that I’ve assembled and left to run the company while I’m gone. My baby won’t be under my care for a while, but I think it will be in excellent hands.
It’s been interesting to hear people’s reaction when we tell them about the trip. The most common response from friends, clients and co-workers is “that’s amazing… I’m so jealous!” From our parents, it’s more like “what about health insurance? do you have enough money? isn’t that country dangerous? do you have enough vaccinations?” We’ll take their concern as a sign of love 😉
When folks ask why we’re doing this, our response is simply “because it’s been a lifelong dream.” That answer always seems to satisfy the question. Everyone has been incredibly supportive.
We don’t know exactly what lies ahead, but we expect it to be interesting if nothing else. We’ll try to keep this blog well-updated with our pics, videos, learnings and impressions. Thanks for following along.